Energica takes to the skies
Energica Motor Company is getting ready for takeoff. The Italian motorbike manufacturer, a subsidiary of the US group Ideanomics, wants to develop “all-electric solutions for ultra-light and light aircraft.”Read more
Energica Motor Company is getting ready for takeoff. The Italian motorbike manufacturer, a subsidiary of the US group Ideanomics, wants to develop “all-electric solutions for ultra-light and light aircraft.”Read more
The Italian electric motorbike manufacturer Energica, part of the US group Ideanomics, has begun expanding its headquarters in Modena. The expansion by another 1,150 square metres of space will serve research and development, prototype testing and the Energica Inside business unit.Read more
Italian electric motorbike brand Energica has launched sales of its high-performance motorbikes in Japan and Australia. The first electric motorcycles are scheduled to arrive in both countries in the first quarter of 2023. With this, Energica aims to strengthen its market position in the ASEAN region.Read more
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While delegates and politicians have flown into Bali, Indonesia, to attend the G20 summit starting today, some more climate-friendly news is happening. A fleet of hundreds of electric motorcycles is operating among the security forces and on shuttle duty.Read more
Slovakian battery company InoBat Auto and US electric vehicle specialist Ideanomics are planning a three-stage battery development and production project in the US state of Indiana.Read more
The Italian electric motorbike manufacturer Energica has presented its new Experia model. It is the first model of a new platform called ‘Energica Green Tourer’. The electric motorbike is supposed to be lighter and more rideable.Read more
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The MotoE electric motorcycle racing series, which has been part of the MotoGP supporting programme since 2019, is losing its exclusive motorbike supplier. The Italian manufacturer Energica will withdraw from MotoE after the 2022 season. It is not yet clear what will happen to the electric series from 2023.Read more
The Italian electric motorbike manufacturer Energica is now adding the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard to its motorcycles. Energica is thus responding to the needs of the Japanese market, which the company has just entered.Read more
Energica has just presented the 2020 model year of its electric motorcycles at the EICMA in Milan. All of next year’s Energica models are now available with a new 21.5 kWh battery for longer range. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer also has a new model.Read more
The premiere season of the electric motorcycle racing series MotoE continues to be marked by breakdowns. After the start of the season had to be postponed due to a big fire in the paddock in Jerez, there was another fire in the Spielberg paddock on Friday, when Niki Tuuli’s electric bike went up in flames […]Read more
Niki Tuuli from Finland has won the first race of the new MotoE World Cup at the Sachsenring in Germany. Tuuli won just ahead of Bradley Smith and Mike di Meglio. The next MotoE race will take place on August 11th in Spielberg, Austria.Read more
For the 2018 announced electric motorcycle racing series MotoE, which will be held starting this year with electric bikes of the Italian manufacturer Energica, further details such as teams, riders, dates and technical data were recently announced.Read more
Electric motorcycle racing is getting hot as Energica becomes the exclusive partner for the electric Moto GP set to start in 2019.Read more
Italian electric motorcycle producer Energica used the spotlights of the EICMA to unveil its third electric model following the Ego and Eva.Read more
Quick charging along biking routes: Energica has put its first quick charging station in Selva di Val Gardena (South Tyrol) into operation. The specialist for electric motorcycles announced some months ago its intention to initiate a charging network along popular biking routes in Italy and California. The company counts on CCS tech and just recently joined the CharIN network.
Siemens’ new 920 volts station: Siemens has added a new 150 kW high power charging station to its product line. The system works with up to 920 volts, enabling “a charging time of just ten minutes to travel over 100 km”, said the firm. The multi-standard station is able to service three EVs simultaneously.
Airbnb for charging stations: Share&Charge is the name of a new community platform for owners of EVs and charging stations that has just gone live in both Google and the Apple App Store. The tool works with blockchain tech and enables people to make their charging point accessible and billable. As the project was born through innogy’s Innovation Hub, innogy is also the first cooperation partner to register 1,000 charge points.
Alphabet and Chargemaster announced their cooperation in Great Britain. While the first has a fleet of 8,000 EVs and HEVs, the latter erected more than 30,000 home charging units in 2016. The partners state, that clients would benefit “in a multitude of ways.”
Electrified Bayernwerk fleet: The German E.ON subsidiary wants to replace its 1,300 cars gradually with EVs, mainly from 2020 on. At the latest in 2025, the utility wants to take its last conventionally powered car out of service. The first 28 EVs joined Bayernwerk’s fleet already at the end of 2016.
bayernwerk.de (in German)
Zero emission logistics by 2050 is Deutsche Post/ DHL’s commitment to the future of deliveries. Its ambitious target applies to both its own operations and to those of its subcontractors. However, as 2050 is far, the group formulated four milestones for 2025 already, that are part of its GoGreen programme. One of them is to switch 70% of its delivery services on the first and last mile to electric vehicles.
First e-bike maker joins CharIn: The CCS charging initiative welcomed Energica as its latest member. Energica says it is the first electric motorcycle manufacturer that uses this fast-charging standard.
Life Riders in Israel: Emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA) has added pedelecs to its fleet for first responders. The so-called Life Rider unit involves a 1,000 e-bikes for volunteers to operate within a 10 mile radius starting by mid-2017. Each pedelec carries resuscitation equipment.
The first 27 next-gen electric trucks are due to arrive in California tomorrow. Reason enoigh for CARB to gather together all partners involved, namely the state of California, the San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG), Daylight Transport, and BYD. More e-trucks are to be delivered this summer.
Fleet replacement expands: AmeriPride Services now plans to add 20 additional vans equipped with the Motiv Power Systems electric powertrain to the company’s California business, after initially replacing 20 percent of its fleet in Vernon with electric delivery trucks.
Netherlands go electric: Dutch economy minister Henk Kamp said in an interview that it is the country’s intention “that from 2035, only electric or fuel cell cars will be sold. So, no more cars that use petrol, diesel or LPG.” Two Dutch parties have meanwhile proposed a ten-point plan to make EVs more attractive to buyers, including the installation of chargers every 25 km, guaranties for EV batteries, lower parking fees and the use of bus lanes.
nrc.nl (interview; in Dutch), nltimes.nl (plan)
New supercar: Chinese manufacturer GAC Motors has presented an electric sports car concept at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The EnLight features gull-winged doors and the company’s latest technical and design innovations. It has an autonomous, as well as a manual driving mode.
automotive-business-review.com, multivu.com (with videos)
Faraday Future teased: The manufacturer released first teaser images showing the front its first production model. Despite alleged financial difficulties (we reported), the EV is said to be fully unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas next year.
Too hot to handle: Because of possible overheating, Tesla issued a voluntary recall of some 7,000 select NEMA adaptors. There have been two reported cases of the plugs overheating while in use, but it caused no further damage and no one was harmed. NEMA adaptors come with Tesla’s Universal Mobile Charger (UMC) in order to fit different outlets and are mostly used in the U.S., Canada and parts of Asia.
electrek.co, transportevolved.com, tesla.com
No more Outlander PHEV for Russia: After only 71 units sold in 2014 and a mere 21 in 2015, Mitsubishi has decided to stop offering plug-in SUV in Russia. Interestingly, the standard Outlander accounts for two-thirds of Mitsubishi’s sales in the country.
Energica update: The Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer has obtained a sales license in California, meaning Energica can now record sales in the U.S. state. The company also added an importer in Israel, and important market for the Italians.
Fast-charging motorbikes: Energica will invest 1m euros to set up fast-charging infrastructure for its electric motorbikes. The initiative is to start in 2017 and concentrates on motorways in Italy and California. In the Netherlands, Energia will work with Fastned that offers 4 years of free charging.
30 kW wirelessly: Researchers from TH Deggendorf launched the first inductive EV charging system with a traffic permit. It charges at up to 30 kW – faster than any other – and is currently being tested at two locations, one in a parking garage, the other outdoors.
sueddeutsche.de, pnp.de, antenne.de, th-deg.de (all articles in German)
Pit stop charging: 82 fuel stations will be upgraded with EV fast-charging stations by innogy SE. Already, they installed 50 such juicy multi-standard spots at motorway service stations by Tank & Rast. The latter plans to equip 400 of its locations with fast-charging stations.
emobilserver.de (in German)
Quebec makes ZEV mandatory: The Canadian province adopted a ZEV mandate that requires carmakers to sell EVs for credits in order to compensate for their ICE sales or to buy the credits from others. This is why Tesla had a say in the legislation and made considerable lobbying efforts.
Commercial e-shuttle service: Ten electric buses by Proterra shuttle commuters in Chicago. The fleet was leased by real estate firm JLL and will serve between train stations and iconic buildings managed by JLL. The service is in part funded by Drive Clean Chicago and replaces diesel buses.
Fast-charging for bikes: Starting next year, Energica and partners will set up fast-charging infrastructure (CCS) for electric motorcycles along popular routes in Italy and California. The company will also accept used bikes as payment for a set residual value and offer a battery guarantee for five years or 100,000 km.
Chargers for London: The London Borough of Wandsworth will install as many as 125 new EV charging points in six months that will be integrated into the citywide charging network Source London. However, the cabinet has not given the final green light quite yet.
Nissan is popular in Scotland: Both the Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian have opted for the all-electric Nissan e-NV200. While the latter added two of the electric vans to its fleet, the Midlothian Council now counts a total of eight electric cars on its fleet.
CharIn grown: The CCS initiative has gained a new member, as Taiwanese OEM Delta Electronics has signed on. Recent newcomers included Hubject, Faraday Future, and Renault.
pressebox.de (in German)
Alternative postal cars: The United States Postal Service (USPS) has chosen six suppliers to convert its 180,000 vehicles (we reported). A total of 50 prototypes will be built for a six-month trial – half with hybrid, and half with other alternative drivetrains.
Charge and shop: Nissan and EVgo has set up fast-charging at five Hannaford supermarket locations in the U.S. state of Maine. Users can pay with credit card or their monthly EVgo subscription.
Autonomous lift in a Bolt: GM and Lyft aim to have a fleet of self-driving cabs ready by January 2019. The Chevy Bolt is the most likely vehicle for the undertaking that could see 725 EVs hit the roads. Already, the companies are testing prototypes in San Francisco and Scottsdale (we reported).
The first 3,000 electric trikes of planned 100,000 units will arrive on the Philippines this September. Delivery is to be completed by the end of the year. The ministry of energy issued a tender for the next 6,000 electric three-wheelers. Back then, Bemac Electric reportedly won the first bid.
Park & Fly: BMW added a new service to its ReachNow fleet in Seattle. Members of the carsharing can now park and pick-up cars from the fleet which includes about 100 i3 at Sea-Tac airport. There are complimentary shuttles from the garage to the gates and back.
Hire a Twizy no more: At least not on the Isle of Wight, where 15 of Renault’s little EVs were available. The operator took the service offline just 5 months after launch and after receiving 40,000 GBP in funding but gave no explanation. His 26 rental Twizy in New Forest are still up and running.
iwradio.co.uk, onthewight.com, hireatwizy.co.uk
Charging electric motorbikes: POD Point partners with Motocorsa, who is the sole supplier of Energica electric motorcycles in the UK. They will provide EV infrastructure.
Pictures of first plug-in Mini: MotoringFile released first images of the Mini Countryman E, the brand’s first PHEV. The drivetrain combines 100 kW combustion engine in the front and 65 kW electric motor in the back. The 7.7 kWh battery pack stores enough energy for an all-electric range of 38 km. The Countryman E could be presented in September and launch early 2017.
New Daimler brand? The manufacture recently announced the launch of four new electric Mercedes models. Now it seems that it could offer these under a new brand for electric mobility, German Handelsblatt reports. Another possibility is introducing a Mercedes sub-brand for EVs, like BMW did with BMW i.
Tesla to buy SolarCity: The EV maker has made an offer to take over Elon Musk’s other start-up – the solar energy provider SolarCity. For Musk, the deal was “obvious,” as he wants to create the first vertically integrated energy company that offers everything from EVs, to solar panels and energy storage.
greencarcongress.com, insideevs.com, teslamotors.com
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Good deal: Until September 28th, Mitsubishi makes customers in UK a special offer for its Outlander PHEV, offering a 2,500 pound finance deposit contribution and zero percent APR. The plug-in hybrid SUV also qualifies for the 2,500 pound plug-in grant and is exempt from road tax.
New electric SUV from BAIC: An unknown mini SUV from BAIC with a fully electric drive has been caught on camera. It is said to launch in China before the end of the year.
Energica with new location: The electric motorbike manufacturer opened its new headquarters in Soliera, in the Italian province of Modena. It combines factory, showroom and even a museum on the company’s history.
Tesla to raise billions in capital: To speed up production of the Model 3, the California EV maker is looking to sell stock options worth 1.4bn dollars and CEO Elon Musk will sell 2.8m of his own options to raise another 600m dollars. That money will be used to “cover tax obligations” associated with selling stock options.
forbes.com, electrek.co, insideevs.com
Model 3 update: Meanwhile, Tesla corrected the number of Model 3 reservations, saying that there are still 373,000 potential buyers. About 8,000 reservations have already been cancelled by customers and Tesla cancelled another 4,200 reservations that it believed to be duplicates from speculators.
Hyundai’s European schedule: The Korean carmaker says it will launch its Ioniq in Europe in the second half of 2016. It will first offer the all-electric version, followed by the two hybrid variants with and without a plug.
New Genesis models by 2020: A roadmap for new Genesis models has been leaked, for which plug-in hybrid technology will play a central role (we reported). The G90 and G80 will thus be followed a sedan (G70), as well as two unnamed SUVs and one sports coupé by the end of the decade.
Hybrid patent battle: The U.S. trade panel will look into whether the Volkswagen AG has infringed patents owned by Baltimore-based Paice LLC. The latter wants to stop all sales of hybrid vehicles by VW, Audi and Porsche in the U.S. (we reported).
Italian engineering goes on sale: Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica will open its first flagship store in San Francisco this summer. It is not just its first store in the U.S., but worldwide, and highlights the companies intend to expand globally.
All electric Netherlands: A motion in the Netherlands passed earlier this week to ensure that only all-electric cars will be sold from 2025. The cabinet is now creating an action plan. This development seems to be the result of an energy agreement signed in 2013, as well as a pledge made at the Paris UN Conference on Climate Change.
China cutting subsidies: Bloomberg quotes inside sources confirming that the Chinese government intends to cut the amount of electric bus subsidies, and also impose a price ceiling on qualifying passenger vehicles. Electric bus incentives will be cut by an average of 32 percent, and passenger vehicles priced at more than 53,800 dollars will no longer qualify for subsidies.
Electric B-Class: The new Mercedes B-Class will be coming to market in 2017, while the electric version will only follow in 2019. The company is replacing the Tesla powertrain of the last B-Class with their own recently developed technology. No hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions will be made available.
auto-motor-und-sports.de (in German)
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Good Karma: Luxury automotive Karma will be back in production by the end of the year. The company formerly known as Fisker Automotive is currently setting up a factory in Costa Mesa, California. New electric cells will be used for the battery pack, but the electric system and basic design will remain the same as the 2012 Karma. Only 100 to 150 units will be produced.
BMW X1 spotted: The new generation of the X1 SUV has been spotted while testing in northern Europe. The car will borrow its PHEV powertrain from the 225xe Active Tourer and will be formally introduced later this year.
Eva Roadster: Italian electric bike manufacturer Energica is taking pre-orders for their new Eva roadster. The bike is a more practical incarnation of their original Ego superbike. The 2016 Eva will be equipped for fast charging, requiring some 30 minutes to reach 85 percent. Retail price starts at 34,544 dollars. Delivery dates have not yet been announced.
Nevs deal: The National Electric Vehicle Sweden (Nevs) has signed a deal with the Chinese State Grid Electric Vehicle Service. It outlines intentions to cooperate on research and develop and a non-specific agreement for Nevs to supply their partner with electric cars. Electric minibuses and other special vehicles will likely be supplied by New Long Ma.
Norway to go 100% electric: The path-breaking Nordic country presented its National Transport Plan for 2018 – 2029, which calls for massive electrification. By 2025, all new cars, light utility vehicles and buses shall be emission free. The same goes for 50 percent of all new trucks, although they have until 2030. Looks like it is time to issue some models that can actually fulfil the to be expected demand.
Range extended i-series: BMW says it will offer an optional range extender for all i-series models, just like it does with the i3. Even though it is rather a “psychological thing,” BMWi head of product Henrik Wenders told Car and Driver. Also, all i-models including the upcoming i5 will keep the carbon chassis.
More Mitsubishi EVs: The Japanese manufacturer concretises its plug-in path. It will launch five new SUV models by 2021, all with hybrid or electric drivetrains. That includes an all-electric production version of the eX concept shown in Geneva, which will hit the road by 2020. Also, Mitsubishi will offer a new all-electric Mirage from next year.
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Definite pricing: Infiniti issued pricing for the new Q50 in the U.S., where the Hybrid Premium variant will start at 47,050 dollars. It couples last year’s electric drivetrain with a 3.5-liter V6 for a combined output of 360 hp (about 270 kW).
Honda FCV debuts in Europe: The hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell is on display in Geneva. From there it will arrive at UK shores this September. However, Honda expects to sell no more than 10 units for about 60,000 pounds on the isles by 2017.
Electric motorcycle for UK: Italian Energica will start trading its electric motorcycles like the latest Ego and Eva in Great Britain. British Moto Corsa is to be the official dealer on the isles.
lastampa.it (in Italian)
BMW 5 PHEV from 2017: The new BMW 5 series is set for launch in mid-2017 and Autobild confirms that it will include a plug-in hybrid version as previously presumed. The PHEV comes with the usual hybrid range of 50 km and will make its first public appearance in Paris next year.
autobild.de (in German), autocar.co.uk (premiere)
Ego and Eva: Energica presents its second electric motorcycle at the Milan Show. The new bike called Eva will join the Ego machine at a not yet specified on-sale date. As a streetfighter, Eva comes with 95bhp (70 kW) and a battery said to last for 124 miles if ridden in eco mode.
Electric SUV from Oz: Red Automotive Technologies plans to develop an electric SUV with serious off-road capabilities. While the start-up is looking for funding, it aims to build 75,000 units in Australia over the next ten years with potentially 5,000 to be exported to the USA, Europe, or the Middle East. Targeted price is 85,000 dollars.
Several sound delays: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) again delays its quiet car ruling that would require electric and hybrid cars to emit audio alerts at low speeds. A ruling and thus compliance has been pushed back repeatedly due to coordination issues, but is now expected in March.
EVs for Eastern Europe: Bulgaria reserved 1m BGN (5.4m dollars) to acquire electric cars for civil servants and hopes the measure will inspire citizens to mirror the government. Ukraine, on the other hand, has exempted electric vehicles from import duty.
novinite.com (Bulgaria), kyivpost.com (Ukraine)
VW Jetta Hybrid review: The power is in the detail, finds Larry E. Hall, as he marvels at the “combination of an internal combustion engine, forced air induction and an electric motor,” making the Jetta the only turbocharged hybrid. It thus uses less mpg in the city than on the highway.
German postal services pushes electrification: According to German Handelsblatt, Deutsche Post DHL intends to add another 350 electric “Streetscooters” to its fleet before the end of the year. That would mean, the German postal service would have 500 of these electric vans on the road. The vehicles were especially designed by the RWTH Aachen and could also be used by craft businesses in the future.
wallstreet-online.de, handelsblatt.com (articles in German)
And then there were 11: Toyota announced that it will initially offer only eleven units of its fuel cell model Mirai in the UK. In 2016, that number could rise to 50 units. The Mirai will go on sale in the UK this summer and cost around 60,000 pounds.
Italian super bike ready: According to Green Car Reports, Energica has kicked off production of its 100 kW strong electric motorcycle Ego. First units could thus be delivered by the end of the month. Moreover, Energica signed a distribution deal with Hollywood Electrics in southern California.
greencarreports.com (Ego), motorcycle.com (California)
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Lawsuit settled: Back in 2012, U.S. Leaf owners jointly sued Nissan over rapid decline of battery capacity. Now, the carmaker agreed to give Leaf owners a new (not repaired) battery if their current pack drops down to fewer than nine bars of capacity and will offer 90 days of free charging with its EZ-Charge card, or a 50 dollar check. The settlement deal will cost Nissan some 24 million dollars.
Mercedes-Benz GLC350e reviewed: Matt Sounders from Autocar got behind the wheel of the hybrid SUV and was a little disappointed when stepping on it, saying there is an “unflattering delay before the combustion engine can wake up and supply” full power. Also, the car will not be available in the UK, because “Mercedes can’t make that gearbox fit a right-hand-drive car with four driven wheels.”
Research tip: Frost & Sullivan expect sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to further grow from 304,683 in 2014 to 466,407 units this year. While our number of the day does not necessarily back this prediction, the analysts are positive that the States will lead globally with a market share of 36 percent followed by Europe (27 percent) and China with 24 percent forecasted.
frost.com via prnewswire.com
Video tip: The “ultimate drag race” has taken place in Italy and saw the Energica EGO competing with a Tesla Roadster, a Model S P85D, a BMW 1000RR HP4, a Ferrari 458 and a Zero S. Tune in for almost two minutes of ultimate EV fun!
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Tesla Q3 earnings: Tesla set a quarterly record for its Model S, delivering 7,785 EVs during the July-September period. Revenue nearly doubled to 852 million dollars from 431 million a year earlier, while net loss widened to 74.7 million dollars. Tesla lowered its 2014 production target from 35,000 to 33,000 vehicles and pushed back the delivery date for the Model X to the third quarter of 2015.
e-NV200 launches in Japan: Nissan has begun shipping its Barcelona-built electric van to its home market. There it is available starting from 3.9 million Yen (about 34,000 USD) before government subsidies. According to the carmaker, 69 companies have already placed their order.
japan.ahk.de (in German), insideevs.com, theolivepress.es
Cheap EV in China: Chery launches its electric eQ on the Chinese market, that is said to be able to go 200 kilometers on one charge. Due to government subsidies, the 150.000 yuan (around 24,500 USD) vehicle is available for just 59.800 yuan (around 9,800 USD).
Piaggio-Pedelec: The Italian manufacturer’s new e-bike, shown at the EICMA in Milan, features a 250-350 W electric power unit developed by the Piaggio Group, a 400 Wh battery, bluetooth connection and a USB port. The e-bike will become available next summer.
Tesla aces crash test: Euro NCAP drove the Models S straight into the wall and awarded it a maximum-possible 5-star safety rating. The sedan scored 82 percent for the protection of drivers and front-seat passengers as well as 77 and 66 percent for child and pedestrian safety, respectively.
Eva follows Ego: In Milan, Energica unveils its second electric motorbike called Eva. It will feature the same electric drivetrain as its predecessor Ego (100 kW). It will also have the same battery that can hold up to 11.7 kWh of energy, but more range than the Ego (150 kilometers).